Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

‘Underwear bomber’ failed because of dirty underwear

Until last week, some may not have remembered Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, failed bomber, convicted for trying in mid-flight to detonate a bomb that al-Qaida had planted in his shorts. All that has changed. He will now be forever remembered by all as the underwear bomber foiled by his own dirty underwear.

Suicide bomber training ‘glitch’ kills instructor, 21 students, injures others

A secret suicide bombing how-to training class, instructed by an allegedly “experienced” operative, concluded when the class project unexpectedly exploded, killing bomber and students alike. Many hope that the fatal bug that blew up the would-be bombers, becomes a regular feature of all suicide bomber training seminars.

You can’t mail your bomb and have it too: How a common proverb helped catch the Unabomber

Have you ever wondered about what exactly it means to “have your cake and eat it too?” Without giving it much thought, I always thought it had something to do with Marie Antoinette, to whom another well-known cake related saying is (incorrectly) attributed. I was way wrong, of course.

Today in Crime History: The Tylenol Murders Begin

September 29, 1982, marked the beginning of the mysterious Tylenol Murders that claimed the life of Mary Kellerman, 12, and six others. Tylenol in the Chicago area was laced with lethal amounts of cyanide. The case was never solved.

Today in Crime History: Amerithrax Scare Begins

Sometime between September 19 and 25, 2001, an assistant to NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw handled a suspicious envelope addressed to Brokaw that contained a "sand-like" powdery substance, which turned out to be anthrax. Though she and 20 others survived exposure, five people died before the FBI investigation was complete.

Osama bin Laden, High Priest of Terror

At one time known as the world’s most wanted man, and leader of the Taliban terrorist organization, bin Laden was responsible for the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, and countless other acts of terrorism worldwide.

Hambali: Mastermind of Terror

This devout Islamic scholar, taught his terror tactics by Osama bin-Laden himself, emerged as a most dangerous terrorist and the mastermind of the Bali, Indonesia, bombing that killed 202 people. Calling himself Hambali, he was found in Thailand planning more death and is currently enjoying the facilities in prison at Gitmo.

The FLQ and the Quebec October Crisis

The revolution of the Front de Libération du Québec began on April 20, 1963, with Molotov cocktails and dynamite time bombs that targeted Anglo Quebeckers. The terrorist group that idolized Fidel Castro and Che Guevara managed to kill three people with their randomly placed bombs, and eventually resorted to kidnapping. It would take Canadian federal troops to put an end the violence.

BREAKING: Bombing at the Boston Marathon

Two explosions rocked the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon around 2:50 p.m, leaving three people dead and as many as 130 injured.

Today in Crime History: The Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

On July 27, 1996, Eric Rudolph, a handsome, mysterious, and very dangerous serial bomber, detonated a 40-pound pipe bomb, the largest in U.S. history, at the Atlanta Summer Games, killing two and injuring 111.

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